Coronavirus Emergency Funding for our Greater Washington Jewish Community

In response to the Coronavirus pandemicThe Jewish Federation has mobilized our community to protect our most vulnerable individuals and vital institutions.  

Most recently, Federation opened the Jewish Community Coronavirus Response Fund to address diverse and critical needs our community members are facingContributions to the fund will go directly to supporting individuals struggling with financial distress, food insecurity, physical and mental health challenges, and more. Funds will also be used to support institutions that are providing essential services to vulnerable populations—and that are struggling themselves with capital shortages, lost revenue, and staff layoffs. 

Since March 19, we have raised more than $4.3 million from more than 430 donors. This is a testament to the strength and compassion of our community members.  

As of June 8, Federation’s Executive Committee approved $1,692,050 in grants and loans to address the most immediate needs. This initial funding, recommended by the Emergency Response Committee chaired by Susie & Michael Gelman and Melanie & Larry Nussdorf, is only the beginning.


Addressing Financial and Food Insecurity
TOTAL: $763,750 in initial grants*


Organization Amount Impact
Yad Yehuda $105,000 To support programs like Tomchei Shabbos and the Capital Kosher Pantry, and provide emergency cash and food assistance to individuals.
Hebrew Free Loan** $150,000 To increase the number of interest-free loans distributed and the threshold amount to support the community.
Rabbi Emergency Fund $115,000 To empower rabbis throughout Greater Washington to support their congregants in need.
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) $50,000 To redeploy existing staff to quickly and efficiently expand support to the community, particularly with cash and food assistance.
The Adel Fund $105,000 To provide support for short-term basic needs, including mortgage, rent, and medical payments, as well as counseling for help individuals solve issues like job applications and money management.
JCADA $113,750 To manage the increase volume in calls to their helpline, the expected increase in individuals needing long-term support, and reduce the amount of people on the waitlist.
703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line

A partnership between Federation, JSSA, and Jewish community human service organizations

$128,300 To ensure that residents of DC, MD, and Northern VA can access the full and broad variety of support and resources in our Jewish community with a single call.


*An additional $125,000 has been approved by Federation’s Executive Committee to be allocated as future needs arise.

**Federation has allocated $100,000 to Hebrew Free Loan, and the Rales Foundation has committed a matching grant of $50,000.

Supporting Institutions with Payroll Challenges
TOTAL: $800,000 in initial loans

Organization Amount Impact
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia $500,000 To provide health insurance for furloughed or laid-off staff and prepare for eventual reopening.
Bender JCC of Greater Washington $150,000 To delay workforce reductions, maintain core functions, and provide ongoing access to virtual programming.
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes $150,000 To provide essential services while reducing virus exposure risk for staff and residents

Please donate today to help us continue to support those who are suffering from the effects of Coronavirus.

Thank you for making critical impact on individuals and institutions that make our community strong.